Buck Mountain Trail

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Buck Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kattskill Bay, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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scramble

The first mile of the hike is on a primarily wide trail with a slight grade. There is an intersection that leads to several other summits not too far in - be sure to maintain your trail markers. The descent through mile 2 becomes steeper and has rocky sections with a few easy stream crossings. The views slowly start to come during the last mile or so of the hike as the canopy recedes and the rocky scrambles begin. Some of the scrambles may require a hands on approach so care should be taken with the younger hikers. The view from the summit is well worth the hike. Tons of blueberries near the summit in early summer. Tend to go fast due to heavy foot traffic that same time of year.

hiking
22 hours ago

Trail is dry and in good condition. Incredible views at the summit.

hiking
6 days ago

This was a great trail with spectacular views at its conclusions. Quite a steep climb toward the end but very doable.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views from the summit!

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Awesome trail - one of the first where I thought the description underestimated the difficulty. Had to drop the dog leashes to scramble over rock near the top - it was awesome, don’t get me wrong! Views incredible, totally worth the investment

hiking
15 days ago

Took the trail from Shelving Rock Road. AllTrails’ map is a little off, but no big deal. Trail is easy to follow. A nice short hike in the woods. About 50 minutes up, and a bit less going down. Accidentally paused my recording for part of the descent. Should be 5 miles round trip.

hiking
17 days ago

Love this hike... and so does my pooch ... I recommend going early in the morning less people on the trail ....

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rocky
17 days ago

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scramble
17 days ago

Last half mile is pretty steep but you dont see any views until then so that makes it a little more rewarding at the end.

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rocky
17 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

This is a difficult hike. I’m a flat lander from Kansas so maybe it seemed a little hard at times but my husband and I took it slow and steady and did make it to the top. Lots of rocky and steep areas but it is doable even for someone who sticks to mostly moderate hikes. The view really is beautiful and we thought worth the effort. Time to find a hot tub and a nap lol!

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scramble
24 days ago

I love this hike. Beautiful forest setting. It’s rated as hard but if you’re ok with taking your time and with doable scrambles (may look a little intimidating but definitely worth the effort) then you’ll be fine. A little steep in some parts but I handled it everyone can! The payoff at the summit is incredible. Met a lot of very friendly people along the way. Definitely a must for the area.

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rocky
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Great day for a hike. Trail was very busy but expected to be on one of the last Saturday’s of summer vaca for the kids. Dry and no bugs, that’s a plus. Nice views both North and South. Although listed as Hard, we found this hike to be rather easy...moderate at best. Great family outing for just about any level of experience.

hiking
26 days ago

very busy, no bugs !! make no mistake, it is hard. awesome views. you are under canopy the whole way. I went August 22 2019. I went early and was alone. coming down at 11:00 am I passed 60 people going up.

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rocky
27 days ago

It was a great hike but hard. Take your time and is doable. The view at the top is worth it. Stay safe.

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muddy
1 month ago

Very clearly marked trail, easy to follow. Great view of the lake at the top, steep and rocky near the summit otherwise a moderate hike. A little muddy due to recent rains but not too bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Not bad hardest is that last .6 to the summit. other than that a good workout!

hiking
1 month ago

A few markers take you a moment to see but all in all no problems.

hiking
1 month ago

First time in the Adirondacks and Buck Mountain was amazing!! The climb was tough at times but the views made up for it beyond measure Would definitely return again!

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic view from the summit in all directions. Well marked

hiking
1 month ago

Not much viewing until you reach the summit. Well marked trail. Actually, 6.4 miles round trip but should be labeled moderate. 2:45 overall hike

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Was a great hike, hardly any black flies this time of year and not muddy. As an out of shape (easiest to put it) hiker this was a harder trail incline wise, but distance it is very doable! Great views of Lake George overall great hike, but may be difficult for those older in age and young children.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
rocky
1 month ago

Parking was still available on a weekend morning around 10 AM, even on a great weather day. There is a portable toilet at the trail head. Little to no bugs in early August and very few areas of mud. A few small stream crossings. Overall the trail was in good condition, though a fair amount of loose rocks/branches from the recent storm washout. Pretty nice views and lots of boat activity to watch on Lake George. First half of the hike is fairly wide and flat. It then gets much steeper with rocks, roots and bare ledge. I'd consider this a Moderate hike and not Hard as it is currently rated. Distance according to trail signage is 3.3 miles one-way.

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